As your body is making the metabolic switch into ketosis, it’s best to take it easy in the gym. You may feel fatigued, and you’ll want to listen to your body. It takes time to become fat adapted, so be patient. Your body is going through a lot of changes during your first month. After about a week of being in ketosis, some people feel they can get back to their old workout routines. By your fourth week, you’ll for sure feel energized and ready to reinstate old exercise habits or initiate new ones. Today we’ll tell you what you need to know to ensure your body has the fuel it needs to hit the gym, pool, TRX class, or yoga mat.
Confirm Your Macros
The key to energized exercise on the ketogenic diet is making sure you are eating enough calories, fat, and protein. In fact, you’ll want to eat a bit more protein if you exercise regularly and vigorously. The amount you need depends on the type of activity you’re doing, the duration, frequency, and level of exertion. But a general recommended for non-professional athletes is a total of 0.6 to 1 gram of protein per pound that you weigh per day. (A “non-professional athlete” is considered to be anyone who exercises three-plus days per week with an elevated heart rate for 30-plus minutes.) To know the exact right amount you should add, it’s a good idea to reconfigure your macros, factoring your exercise into the equation, with a calculator like the one on Ruled.Me; it helps you figure out your body’s needs based on many factors, including your activity level.
Having a pre-workout meal or high-fat drink will help give you energy to complete your workouts. Some people like to mix a flavored MCT powder with unsweetened almond milk, while others enjoy a bulletproof coffee, low-protein-high fat shake, or even some some spinach or a hard-boiled egg.
Make sure you’re adequately hydrated and keeping up on your electrolytes as well. Remember, you can do this by consuming foods high in magnesium, potassium, and sodium (think pumpkin seeds, avocados, leafy greens, or an electrolyte powder like Ultima).
Time Your Exercise Right
It’s important to time your nutrition right for your workouts. While some enjoy working out in a fasted state, others prefer to eat prior to exercise. You’ll need to try both options to see what works best for you. If you want to eat before exercise, try timing your meal to no more than two to three before your exercise and include lots of good fats and some protein. If you prefer to eat after a workout, eat within two hours after; you can still have a bit of extra protein during this time frame without affecting ketosis (as always, test your ketone levels to find your sweet spot).
Watch this video by Thomas DeLauer, celebrity health and fitness coach, explaining how testing your ketones before and after a workout can help you find your metabolic edge.
Now you know–there’s no need to be afraid to crush it in the gym. The ketogenic diet won’t hold you back! In fact, if done properly your keto status can help you reach new fitness levels!